Chelsea news: The latest Blues headlines with changes for Graham Potter’s match against Manchester United and a new star coming through.
Graham Potter will be able to rotate his Chelsea XI against Manchester United after fielding five Cobham graduates on Wednesday night to face Brentford.
The boss allowed Raheem Sterling, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Thiago Silva a rest as well as Ben Chilwell for the game and will now have full attention turned to his first top six clash.
Alongside the return of Silva, who is surely a must-start considering form and importance to the Chelsea squad, there are two other changes that Potter must make, according to Sportupdatehub Chelsea writer Adam Newson.
One of those is to drop Kai Havertz after a disappointing display against Thomas Frank’s Bees. The German has only scored two league goals this season and hasn’t hit anything close to full stride. He now faces pressure from Aubameyang and Armando Broja.
Potter will have several weeks to take a closer look at 18-year-old Omari Hutchinson when the World Cup starts. The youngster joined Chelsea from Arsenal over the summer in one of the academy coups of the window.
Hutchinson has started life brilliantly for Chelsea’s Under-21 side despite being in a struggling team and has sent a clear message to Potter that he is worth consideration for future appearances. Although Hutchinson is still new to Cobham he has been compared with Chelsea great Eden Hazard by those at the club.
He is yet to go out on-loan following a settling in period but has trained with the first team before and remained with the senior side after the international break for several sessions.
As Potter works with a depleted squad over November and December, Hutchinson could be one of the players that benefits most.
Cristiano Ronaldo will not play against Chelsea and refused to come on against Tottenham, Erik ten Hag has revealed. The manager took the decision to demote Ronaldo to training on his own after the 37-year-old walked down the tunnel before the full-time whistle in midweek.
Ronaldo has become a peripheral figure at Old Trafford this season and was a summer transfer target for Todd Boehly. He looks set to leave the Red Devils next summer and may be a target once more for the co-owner who is desperate to make a statement signing.
Chelsea’s plans to play against United may now have changed given Ronaldo’s absence and Potter will need to alter the way his team set-up to counter the decision from Ten Hag.